friday I’m in love {january}o

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Happy (almost end of) January! Can you even believe how quickly 2019 is already zooming by? Here are some of my favorite things, as of late.

{one}The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel.

We have completely jumped on the bandwagon of The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel and LOVE it! We’ve binged the entire thing (so much faster than I’d like to admit!) and just finished it this week. I had heard a lot about it when it released, and then again after it won at the Emmy’s, but was still a little skeptical. Sometimes when you have such high expectations for something, it disappoints. This was not the case. Highly recommend!

{two} Recyclable (or Compostable) Paper Sandwich Bags.

I have a love/hate relationship with plastic bags, like the Ziploc kind. They are super, super convenient for nearly everything. Especially with kids. But they are also super, super wasteful! I have been making a very conscious effort in the past year to minimize the amount of plastic bags we use and as an alternative use glass containers, Stasher bags, and beeswax paper. BUT I still have a need for plastic bags. And while they aren’t a complete substitute (since they aren’t completely sealable) these Lunchskin paper sandwich bags are awesome because they are either recyclable or compostable (based on what was in the bag) once you are finished. Plus the prints are super cute!

{three} Nordstrom alterations department.

As most of you know, I am pretty petite. And while generally speaking clothes off-the-rack fit me, I have been much more conscious about how my clothes fit me. Especially since I have been focusing the past few years on quality over quantity when it comes to clothes. All that’s to say that I frequently need to have things altered to fit me correctly, especially leg lengths. I have always had Nordstrom alter denim and dresses that I have purchased there, but just recently I have been taking in everything (denim, a jumpsuit, and a bridesmaids dress). And while you don’t get to use your alteration credit (if you have a Nordstrom card) to use on non-Nordstrom alterations, it’s still really reasonably priced for quality work.

{four} J. Crew Perfect Winter Parka.

In all of the years I have lived in Seattle (ahem, that would be 14 years – eek!) I have worn either had a winter (down) coat OR a rain jacket (a waterproof shell) that I would alternate depending on the day’s weather. It’s a fairly good system except for the fact that we have many winter days that are both cold AND wet. (Cold rain in Seattle, go figure!) In one of the many post-Christmas sales, I picked up this Parka for a steal and it is LOVE. I just got it but have worn it every day since! It’s got this great waxy outside and a quilted inside (that’s pink!), and a giant (GIANT) hood which goes over my head whether I have a hat on or my hair up in a bun (such a game-changer!). It’s still in stock and on sale!

{five} Bombas No-Show Socks.

Way, way back I shared my love for no-show socks from the Gap. Well, scratch that. My new favorite socks (EVER!) are the Bombas No-Show Socks that I got for Christmas. I have never been into “weather appropriate” footwear during the winter months and wear shoes that show my ankles basically rain or shine. So no-show socks are basically necessary for me every single day that I wear shoes. I have heard good (actually amazing) things about Bombas socks before from friends (and also am inundated with ads on Facebook and Instagram!) but always balked at the pretty high price point. But, I am here to tell you, they are so worth it! They don’t slide down (at all) because they are high enough to cover your heel and also have a little sticky patch to keep it up. Plus, they don’t dig into the top of your foot (which became my issue with the Gap ones). And, generally speaking, they don’t show above most of my sneakers and booties. I might even venture into regular socks too!

What are you loving?

M

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guest room/office: styled hydrangeas {sponsored}

Every New Year I find myself wanting a fresh start and get into cleaning/decluttering mode as well as “buy all the new things” mode. Great for post-holiday sales but bad for my wallet since it was just Christmas, right?

So this year, I have been in purge and decluttering mode (you should see the stacks and bags full of things in our office ready to go OUT) but have also been trying to re-style and refresh some of the spaces in our home.

In an effort to save on the amount of things we have (as well as saving money) I have been extremely selective about what has been coming into our home. It is easy to just buy all of the things, especially home decor, in order to fit the empty space, but I have taken a new approach and have really enjoyed it much more. Instead of the constant buying, styling, and getting rid of (and then rinse and repeat) I have been editing pieces out of our decor that I don’t really LOVE and then shopping around the house to see if there is something we already have that would fit what I am looking for. Sometimes I can restyle a piece in a new space and it’s perfect and sometimes I do need/want something new and then it goes on my to-buy list for when I am shopping.

One newish thing that I have been really liking in some of our spaces is faux flowers. In the past I wasn’t a huge fan, but some of the faux flowers are really good! So when Silk Plants Direct reached out late last year to see if I wanted to style and blog about silk flowers, I had to say yes!

There are tons (and tons) of options on Silk Plants Direct, so if you are shopping, I would highly recommend setting some filter criteria. I sorted by flower type (hydrangeas and peonies are right at the top for me) as well as by arrangement (I wanted something already in a vase or container). And then it was onto shopping! Faux flowers (good ones at least) tend to be a little pricey, but I think it’s worth the cost. If you buy real flowers, you know how expensive of a habit that can be, and you don’t have to replace faux flowers every week (or change out the water).

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I loved this purple and green hydrangea arrangement and I knew I could style it in a couple of places in our home (office, bedroom, living room). At least for me, I like a simple arrangement (flowers and color) in a simple container (no big designs or graphics) because it is easiest for me to style it with other things. For the time-being, this arrangement will live in our office/guest room on one side of the dressers, though I am sure it will move around the house once I start to get the itch to re-style!

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And after having this arrangement in the house for a bit, I have been really happy with them. The flowers were a little smashed from shipping in a box, but I gently fluffed them up which worked well. From a distance, I think these are pretty good faux hydrangeas, and even the “water” looks pretty real. I will definitely peruse Silk Plants Direct if I find I need more faux arrangements for some of our other spaces and also really love the idea of a faux flower plant for outside during the spring and summer.

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Do you have any faux flowers in your home decor?

M

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